Idaho unions are 8th-weakest in US, says 24/7 Wall Street

The online news outlet 24/7 Wall Street reports that just 4.8 percent of Idaho workers are unionized and membership fell 25 percent between 2002 and 2012.

The report, posted Friday, says union clout is lowest in North Carolina. Idaho joins Utah and Arizona as western states the a top 10 list of states with weak unions. The other seven in the top 10 are in the South.


Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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